Lucy & Adam
Oh the Yarra Valley is such a beautiful part of the world and Lucy and Adam’s Yarra Valley garden wedding does nothing to dispel my idea of this gorgeous winery region. The couple chose Theodore Halacas – Loco Photography to capture their day.
Lucy tells their story. “Adam and I met one night when we were out, through a mutual friend. However, I don’t recall this first meeting, I might have had a few too many wines! But I apparently made an impression and weeks later, he started working at La Porchetta (where I was working at the time) and the rest is history. Adam was the pizza maker and I was the waitress, a real Hollywood love story!”
Lucy and Adam chose Alowyn Gardens for their reception, Lucy telling, “Our ceremony was held at Alowyn Gardens in Yarra Glen. We stumbled upon it when looking around the area for our reception venue. They had it set up for another wedding when we popped in to have a look and it was a jaw dropping moment, we fell in love with it. The Wisteria archway is unbelievably beautiful and is the perfect spot for a summer wedding as it provided lots of shade for us and our guests.”
For the processional, Lucy remembers, “Our friend Brent Monaghan played ‘How long will I love you’ on his guitar, by Jon Boden Sam Sweeney & Ben Coleman (from the movie About Time).”
Lucy describes the wedding as, “A true representation of our relationship, fun & relaxed”.
The ceremony was performed by Andrew Redman , Lucy remarking, “Andrew Redman was our marriage celebrant and he was better than we could ever had imagined. Andrew tailored a ceremony that was uniquely us, and told our story better than we could. We had so many compliments on the ceremony and Andrew, one of my friends called him the ‘Hugh Jackman of celebrants!”
One special guest made an important appearance, Lucy explains, “Everybody who knows us knows that we don’t go anywhere without our fur baby Mitch. So of course he had to be there when his Mum and Dad got married. Mitch is an overly excited, unpredictably gorgeous spoodle and his job on the day was to be handsome. He had his chevron print bow tie from Etsy on and stole the show. He barked when the guests laughed and clapped and sat quietly next to Adam’s sister the rest of the ceremony. He was also very impressed with our vows, gnawing on his foot with approval.”
Of their photographers, Lucy notes, “Theo from Loco Photography, what an absolute professional. He went out of his way to make everyone feel comfortable and relaxed on the day. He was a perfect gentleman throughout the day but was firm when he needed to be, especially when getting the groomsmen in line. We can’t speak highly enough about him and Danielle, the proof is in the pudding, we love our photos!”
Lucy notes, “I made our seating plan, menu board & wedding program sign on chalkboard and old window frames. Adam also got crafty and created our photobooth from an old door, it was so much fun on the night. My brother made the bar that served the drinks at the garden after the ceremony. All our guests had refreshing cold beer and cider from the tapped kegs which was a blessing on the hot 30 degree day.”
Lucy and Adam chose Zonzo at The Train Trak Winery for their reception, remarking, “Our reception was held at Zonzo @ the Train Trak Winery. It was our dream venue, from the amazing views, long bench style tables to the incredible food. We had so many compliments on the food and we are so happy to have been able to share this fantastic restaurant with all of our friends and family. Brianna & the Zonzo team go out of their way to make the wedding experience a special one.”
One of the handmade touches was sweet potted succulents arranged by the bride who recalls, “Our succulent bonbonnieres doubled up as the place cards were another craft project I did with the help of my friends and they were a hit. Everyone took them home and they are thriving, even going global with my cousin taking his to Switzerland with him. I tried to do as much myself as I could, it was all a part of the wedding fun. My bridesmaids and I got together and did all of our invites, which were put together with the help of the lovely ladies at Santiago Sunbird who have a great inexpensive way of creating personal, beautiful invites which you can print yourself.”
Of their first dance, Lucy remembers, “We decided not to have dancing lessons, but with only a week before the wedding and no dance planned, we jumped on Youtube and looked up ‘Wedding dance tutorial’. We made up our own dance to Queen’s ‘You’re my best friend’, complete with a lift and a dip! It was so much fun practicing in our tiny lounge, and it went off without a hitch!”
“Our favourite part of the reception was when Theo (our photographer) took us on a little walk during the reception just before sunset. We were down the bottom of the hill next to the Train Trak vineyards. For 5 minutes of our busy amazing day, it was just Adam and I and it was perfect. We got to look up toward Zonzo’s where all our friends and family were laughing and having fun. It was wonderful! And we got some beautiful photos too.”
Congratulations Lucy and Adam! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Theodore Halacas – Loco Photography for sharing today’s wedding with us!
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